Rugby World Cup Betting - Your Guide To The 2019 Rugby World Cup

It’s hard to believe that the 2019 Rugby World Cup is just around the corner, but it’s true: in a little over 12 months, rugby union’s showpiece competition will begin again. To ensure you’re ready for the tournament, we’re going to give you everything you need to know to enjoy great Rugby World Cup betting for this iconic sporting event.

Our Rugby World Cup betting guide will give you a handy overview to the tournament, and we will also take a quick look over some of the more memorable performances of recent years. Obviously, we will suggest a few tips regarding the teams who are looking most likely to win the coveted Webb Ellis trophy, and we’ll also point out a few bookies who have a great track record of providing seriously competitive odds for this rugby union extravaganza.

So read our handy guide to betting on the Rugby World Cup and see if we can help enhance your overall experience of the Rugby World Cup 2019. And who knows, maybe England, Wales, Ireland, or even Scotland* will claim the title of being the world’s greatest rugby union team?

*Okay, probably not Scotland.

Key Facts About The 2019 Rugby World Cup

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place in Japan from the 20th September to 2nd November 2019. It will be the first time that the premier international rugby union tournament has taken place in Asia, which illustrates just how popular rugby has become as a global sport.

There will be 20 teams competing in this sporting showdown. While the full list of qualifying teams is yet to be completed, expect to see heavy-hitters like New Zealand, Ireland, England, Australia, France, Scotland, Wales and South Africa, alongside lesser-known sides like Georgia, Uruguay, the USA, and the host nation, Japan.

The opening match will take place at the Tokyo Stadium on 20 September, but other matches will be carried out in venues like the Noevir Stadium in Kobe and the Sapporo Dome.  The final, on November 2nd, is placed at the 72,000 capacity International Stadium in Yokohama.

The first round will see the 20 teams divided in four pools that feature five sides. Each team must play one match against the other sides in the group and will be awarded four points for a win, two for a draw, and none for a defeat if they lost by eight or more points. The top two teams of each pool will then go through to the knock-out rounds that include quarter-finals, semi-finals, a third-place playoff, and then the final itself.

A Quick History Of The Rugby World Cup

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The Rugby World Cup has been running since 1987. It showcases the best teams in international rugby union who compete to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, which is named for the school student who is said to have invented the game. New Zealand are the best-performing team in the Rugby World Cup, having won the tournament three times, compared to two triumphs for Australia and South Africa, and one solitary victory for England.

England’s victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup was particularly remarkable, as it was the first time that a team from the northern hemisphere had won the tournament. However, other teams like France, Wales, Scotland and another southern hemisphere side — Argentina — have all managed to pick up semi-final appearances in the past.

Regardless of who wins the Webb Ellis Cup, it’s clear that this sporting event is growing in popularity. Not only was there an average of over 50,000 fans at each match of the last Rugby World Cup, but it’s also become a huge hit amongst TV viewing audiences. And above all, this tournament has cemented the reputations of many rugby union legends like Jonny Wilkinson, Jonah Lomu, and Gavin Hastings.

Who Won The Last Rugby World Cup?

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New Zealand once again proved their dominance of rugby union when they claimed the Webb Ellis Cup at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. The final, held at Twickenham, saw them coast past Australia with a typically strong 34-17 victory, and in doing so, become the first team to win two successive Rugby World Cups.

What made the 2015 Rugby World Cup all the more remarkable was the fact that there were no teams from the northern hemisphere in either of the semi-finals. Wales, France, Ireland, and Scotland were all kicked out in the quarter-finals, while England had to suffer the shame of finishing third in the group stages after a shock 25-28 home defeat to Wales at Twickenham.

Despite England’s humiliation, the 2015 Rugby World Cup was a fantastic sporting affair. Nowhere was this more visible than in the tournament’s most memorable game, which saw Japan defeating the hotly tipped South Africa side with a remarkable, last minute 34-32 victory. With an average attendance of 51,000 for each match and many millions more watching on TV, the 2015 tournament proved that the Rugby World Cup is one of sport’s biggest events.

Predictions For 2019 Rugby World Cup Betting

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While the 2019 Rugby World Cup is still some way off, nearly all of the bookmakers in our list of top betting sites have already started offering odds on the outright winner of this tournament. So let’s take a quick look at some of the teams who could be in line for picking up the Webb Ellis Cup.

New Zealand

It’s no surprise to find that the All Blacks are the bookie’s favourite to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup. This fearsome side have a phenomenal tournament record, and the three-time champions have already shown exceptional form by trouncing France three times on home soil in 2018. And with their reliable captain, Kieran Read, at the helm, it’s hard to see how they can be beaten.


While Ireland suffered a shock defeat by Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, hopes are high that they will perform better in Japan. The Irish team managed to beat Australia two times out of three during their tour ‘down under’ earlier in 2018, and their unbeaten run to win the 2018 Six Nations tournament shows just how impressive this Ireland team — inspired by the incredible halfback duo of Connor Murray and Jonny Sexton — are.


2015 was an undoubted low point for the England team. However, since their humiliation at the last Rugby World Cup, there are signs that an England revival could be underway. While their disappointing performance in the 2018 Six Nations competition let some fans down, they managed to get scrape some pride against the Springboks in their tour of South Africa in June 2018. Not a team who are performing well, but all might come good yet.


There is no denying the sheer talent in the Australia team, but many feel that the Wallabies have underperformed in recent years. However, with a reported $1 million invested in boosting the game at home, it’s hoped that Australia might be about to enjoy a turnaround in their fortunes. And with talented stars like Michael Hooper — and incredible centre Matt Toomua said to be on his way home from England for the tournament — in the team, it’s clear that you should never bet against the Wallabies.

South Africa

The Springboks will still be feeling their narrow defeat by the All Blacks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup semi-final. But do they have what it takes to repeat their 2007 triumph in France? The fact that the team lost to both Wales and England in 2018 might not bode well, but hopes are high that a decent Rugby Championship performance could give the likes of talented stars like Handré Pollard and Aphiwe Dyantyi a chance to shine.


Wales played excellently during the 2018 Six Nations tournament, and there is hope that they can build on their performances to give fans something to remember in Japan. This is especially so as the Welsh team managed to pick up winning results against the likes of Argentina and South Africa in June 2018, and so we’ll be keeping a close eye on how Alun Wyn Jones’ team fares.


While France have had a fairly unimpressive 2018, you should always watch out from this talented team. You only have to remember their strong 22-16 victory over England in the 2018 Six Nations tournament to remember that this side can always deliver the unexpected, and in Maxime Marchenaud, they have one of the most dynamic attacking players in the modern game.


Scotland were narrowly beaten by Australia 34-35 in the last World Cup, and the team will be looking to make amends for this close defeat. However, consistency has proven to be the main issue with the Scottish team. For every win like their 25-13 win over England in the 2018 Six Nations, they can suffer an embarrassing loss as witnessed when they were beaten 30-29 by the USA in June 2018. They’re highly unlikely to win the World Cup, but few people expected Japan to beat South Africa in 2015, so who knows?

Picking A Bookie For The 2019 World Cup


As the Rugby World Cup is one of the pinnacles of the sporting calendar, you should have no problem in finding a bookie who is willing to provide you with some seriously competitive odds for this event.

But how do you know if you are getting the best value for your Rugby World Cup bets? Be sure to check into throughout the tournament, where we will be paying special attention to the bookmakers who are offering the best deals for this epic sporting occasion.

Whether you are trying a classic UK sportsbook like William Hill, Ladbrokes or Coral, or are visiting one of the newer brands like’s top rated bookie Betway, Betfair or 888sport, you should be able to get a fair price for your bets, and also be in line to take advantage of some special promotions for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Just remember that there’s nothing wrong with shopping around with different bookies so that you can take advantage of the best odds and the most lucrative rugby bonuses.

Bet Options For The Rugby World Cup

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Whether you are betting on the tournament winner, or the scorer of the first try in the first match, then there’s plenty of fun to be had in picking and choosing from a vast array of betting markets for the Rugby World Cup. Here are just some of the most popular rugby bets to try.

Outright winner

All top bookies will already be giving you odds for predicting the overall winner of the 2019 World Cup. While New Zealand might look like a safe bet right now, a lot can happen in the months leading up to the event. So keep an eye on how each team’s fortunes change over the coming months and, where possible, take advantage of any change in odds.

Match results

Unless you’re Japan, home advantage matters little in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. So be sure to do plenty of research before putting down a match winner bet. While betting on a draw might be risky, Japan and Canada drew 23-23 in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and likely made a few shrewd punters significant profits in doing so.

Handicap betting

If you want to bet on the All Blacks but can’t find a decent price for your match winner bets, then think about how handicap betting can significantly boost your odds by putting that particular team at a points disadvantage.

Scoreline betting

If you want to take things up a level, you can always try betting on the overall scoreline. Most bookies will also allow you to try and predict the overall winning margin, plus there is also money to be made by successfully guessing the first and last teams to score. You can also make bets on the first team to score ten points.

Game specific bets

Think you know what the first scoring play will be? Then try taking a bet on the first try, penalty or drop goal. Anything from red cards to conversions can also be wagered on, so be sure to check what the bookies are offering.

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